(Closed) Destination Wedding Favors

posted 10 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

As I’m sure you are aware, Cuba is a totalitarian police state. Tourists are exposed to the same intense physical and electronic surveillance as citizens – especially American tourists. You may wish to provide your guests with a pre-favor and arm them with the information they will need to travel in and out of the country. A website like this might help http://www.buzzle.com/editorials/7-12-2006-101992.asp

Instead of giving a physical favor that your guests will have to find room for in their suitcases, why not take the opportunity to support a hurricane relief fund or something similar, in the names of your guests?  

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Maybe a local delicacy that they could eat while there rather than have to take home?  Also, I’ve seen lots of cute luggage tag favors on various websites.  That’s certainly something they could all use immediately.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I don’t think we should assume that everyone who reads Wedding Bee is American, esepecially since we have so many great Canadian bees. 

Annie, Cuba has a really interesting and rich culture. Perhaps maybe his and hers favors? Cigars for the men? Some local craft for the women? Also what about rum? I never mind that!

Good luck! 

 

 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

I did not assume anyone was American. I merely stated that American tourists are exposed to much greater scrutiny – if she has American guests they are going to have a difficult time getting in and out of the country and moving around. But thanks for putting words in my mouth.

Post # 7
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Helper bee

A souvenier that the guests could take home would be nice.  A lot of countries do have rules and regulations about what is allowed to leave the country or not so I would definitely check on that before making any purchases.  Are you having your reception at a hotel?  Maybe they offer some great ideas or perhaps know any locals that can help you with that!

Post # 8
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666 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Btw, whatever favor you give, I second CarolineG’s suggestion that you help your guests travel easily and safely.  That’s something I think anyone can appreciate.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

This might be incredibly simple and something that you’ve already thought of, but I love the idea of luggage tags for DWs.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country

I love the idea of buying a local baked good or candy when you get there as your favor.  It will help local businesses and won’t be something your guests will have to bring home!

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I also like the idea of a local item being used as a favor, it’s 50 less things you have to worry about taking with you.

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 1969

My FH went to a destination wedding in Jamaica and they got beach towels with their name monogrammed on it for their favor. They bought the towels in bulk and the brides aunt did the embroidery on her machine. They are awesome & he still uses it.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2001

We are going to going on a cruise so we are going to have bags waiting for them when they get to their rooms with either sunscreen and chapstick with sunblock in it.

 

 

 

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Cuba is not nearly as terrible as the media portrays it to be. Tourism is one of their biggest sources of income & they treat their visitors like gold. I’ve been going to Cuba annually for the past 8 years. We’ve always had police escorts to the resorts, which I think is nice! The custom agents speak broken english, don’t stamp your passport (to avoid future travel interuptions for those tourists) & they are always very pleasant! We’ve never had trouble there.. its a beautiful untouched location full of pastey-white Canadians & Brits!

I’d second the idea for making up little bags with chapstick, sunblock & bottles of water. We ran out of sunscreen about 3 days before we had to go & it cost us a small fortune to buy a bottle at our resort. That would definitely be appreciated!

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